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FS#63666 - [libsecret] 0.19.0-1 breaks signing with gpg-agent and pinentry

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Matthew Sexton (wsdmatty) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 14:34 GMT
Last edited by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 18:47 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Testing
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture x86_64
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 2
Private No


Since updating libsecret to 0.19.0-1, any gpg usage that would call pinentry to receive my passphrase freezes. I noticed it initially with makepkg, but I have tested gpg -s (file) and gpg -e/d (file).

To confirm that it was libsecret, I disabled testing repo and downgraded everything back to stable. I then added libsecret to ignorepkg in /etc/pacman.conf and re-enabled testing repos. pacman -Syu updated everything but libsecret and the problem was gone. I removed libsecret from ignorepkg and upgraded it to and the problem returned.

I am able to run pinentry/pinentry-qt and make it display windows and accept entry, so it seems like gpg-agent and pinentry aren't talking quite right.

I have included a section of logs with annotation.

See attached, or hosted here:

I searched on le google for any references to this issue and found nothing relevant. One said to kill gpg-agent, but was in response to using gpg over ssh and ttys not matching. Another was from 2008 and spontaneously resolved in a later version (gnupg 2.0.10rc1, pinentry (0.7.5)

gnnupg 2.2.17-2
pinentry 1.1.0-4
libsecret 0.19.0-1
libassaun 2.5.3-1
libgcrypt 1.8.5-1

As far as I know, everything is "Most Recent In Repository", as I run pacman -Syu (package) for every install and pacman -Syu daily regardless.

Steps to reproduce:
Upgrade to latest Testing.
Have GPG key
Attempt to sign file, make package, decrypt file with gpg through gpg-agent and pinentry
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Closed by  Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Thursday, 05 September 2019, 18:47 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  libsecret 0.19.0-2
Comment by Chih-Hsuan Yen (yan12125) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 16:00 GMT
For me the freeze issue is gone after installing gnome-keyring.

Alternatively, I also found that add "no-allow-external-cache" to ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf makes gpg works without gnome-keyring. (Don't forget to restart gpg-agent~)
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 16:47 GMT
Should be fixed in libsecret 0.19.0-2.
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 16:48 GMT
I was trying to figure out why this worked fine in one place, but I could successfully duplicate it on another box... then I realized the one where it worked had "ignore-cache-for-signing".
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Thursday, 05 September 2019, 17:02 GMT